Peter Alvino, a former school superintendent in Illinois, Wisconsin and Fresno, got the idea for the restaurant in late 2004. He
frequently traveled back and forth between his
job in Fresno and the Los Angeles area to visit his
daughter, who was a student at UCLA
"On my trips, I noticed that California is really Mexican food dominated," says Alvino
, a 57-year-old single father who lives in Murrieta.
After looking at dozens of locations throughout the Los Angeles area, Alvino
found the perfect spot just off the 210 Freeway at the Highland Avenue exit.
...Born and raised in New York, Alvino says he wants the restaurant to appeal to people of all backgrounds.
"We wanted to be in the business of educating people about our culture, our food and our history," says Alvino
, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico.
The restaurant will serve as a gathering place to unite the Puerto Rican community that is dispersed throughout Southern California, Alvino